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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

OMG: A Year with Cipralex

Hello again my friends and thank you for sharing your insights and experiences, your comments are helping many other people in the situation, so keep commenting, sharing and getting better.
Last night I was laying in my bed looking at my girlfriend sleeping while she hugs me, there was a good breeze coming from the window and the weather was just fine, then I realized again, wow, what a change…amazing…just amazing….(I mumbled that to myself) what wouldn’t I do a year ago to be in that position, everything was good, everything was awesome…
The change is dramatic and so noticeable…but sometimes when you’re inside something you don’t notice things… and it’s really important to stop – from time to time and realize what you achieved so far...
And honestly I think I’ve changed my life around, for the better.
Here’s a question I got for you guys, what have changed so far in your life? When was this moment when you said to yourself… things changed.
I’ve met with my doc got prescription for the next three months… all went smooth…meanwhile I’ll stick with cipralex…see what happens next…
Who knows? Maybe I’ll even get married. Lol.
Cheers and take care and keep helping each other.
Until next time



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Congratulations’ on your journey. I recently read through your blog and it inspired me to start my own chronicle.

http://ssri-chronicle.blogspot.com/

you stories have inspired me, thank you.

Hi Johny , so far after 3 weeks on Cipralex I feel that mostly what changed is that I'm able to be more relaxed when talking to people , I am able to focus and dont fall into this pattern of despair that I used to feel. Hopefully I'll get over more of my anxieties soon! Thanks for your blog , you helped a lot of people.

Hey i'm glad your doing fine, and it must be amazing getting your life back in some way. I've been on cirpalex for 2.5 months not, i've realized my anxiety got better in a way, but didnt notice a significant difference. i was just wondering since you've been on it for a year, when do you reach your climax?

Can you tell me how you felt prior to taking this? I will coast through your blog. I just recently started taking this like 2 months ago.

I have been taking Cipralex for almost 6 months now, I started with 10mg and then after 1 month was given 20mg. I did not notice a huge change at first other than being a little calmer and there was less anxiety.
Now, I feel the way you do Johnny, and after reading your blog I can see that it will only get better. I am noticing the little things in life that used to slip by before...like my cat purring on my lap, sitting in the park with my husband and feeling the breeze on my face and listening to the birds around us....I find myself smiling more at these little things and it feels wonderful. Thank you Johnny for this blog and for the realization that none of us are alone in this struggle to get better :)

Hi Johny,

Your blog is so encouraging to me! I was recently put on Cipralex 10 mg two weeks ago for my OCD disorder. Today my doctor decided to up my dosage to 20 mg. I'm so anxious about the long-term side effects and have been scaring myself silly reading all the online "horror stories" about this drug. I'm also worried that I've only been on this drug for 2 weeks and I'm already being put on the highest dose. Have you ever heard of anyone on this drug having severe side-effects (i.e. heart problems, etc)? How was switching from 10 mg to 20 mg for you? Did you notice a big difference? Also, do you intend to continue taking Cipralex for a long time or is this just a brief "bandage solution"?

Sorry for all the questions--I'm very curious!

I just started my first 5mg dose today - thanks for the blog! I'll def keep following.

Hi there, I am on cipralex 20 mg..I started off on 10 and have been on 20 mg for about 3 weeks now. I was only on 10mg for 3 weeks as well before increasing.so all together i've been on cipralex for about 48 days.. I feel like I am going backwards the last few days..I felt like I was starting to feel better for awhile and now I feel very discouraged again..I am feeling weak and tired all the time, almost even flu like..I take cipralex at night and by 3:00 in the afternoon the next day I feel like I cant keep my eyes open...I am feeling so dicouraged like maybe the drug isnt going to work for me..Do you ever feel that way when you were already 48 days into it? Thanx so much for taking the time to read this..

Hi I just started cipralex 10 mg for 14 days now. It makes me soooo sleepy, however things just seem brighter thin seem less moody. It's for my anxiety depression, does the tiredness ever go away?

I almost cried when I read Johnny's post. Congratulations. I have been on Lexapro 20 mg for 3 years and other antidepressants for the last 30 years. I have not much joy in life, other than my dog. My marriage is at best "miserable". Have a very dominant husband who does not understand depression. For all of you who feel better, I believe your environment has a lot to do.
I wish you good luck. I am from Germany and are very very homesick, have been for many many years. The Best to ALL of you.
Julia

I just started Cipralex today for anxiety/depression/OCD (quite a cocktail) and since im obsessed with the anxiety the depression causes I really hope this helps. Nothing else has. I dont want to live on XanaX everytime i step out of the house. I cant understand how that stuff is ever a drug of choice for the hollywood set. its misery making. I really hope this new medicine works. thanks for your blog and support

I have been on cipralex for 2 weeks now and its been working great. My symptoms earlier were , panic attacks , car sickness, social phobia, it all seems under MUCH control now. I was put on 5mg for first week and 2nd week i am on 7.5mg now...doc says i need to get it up to 10mg to get its full affect.
For anyone who is feeling sleepy ..i was the same way the first week ... out of reality feeling. But my doc and i figured out the real culprit was clonazepam. that i was taking on the side. I cut down clonazepam. to SOS only and everything was bright again. If anyone is feeling that way they should check on any other meds they are taking in the day. bcoz really Cepralix is a stimulant and not a sedative so cant make you feel sleepy. Cheers

Ok day1 of 10mg ...after affects i feel slightly EDGY, still much in control though. But probably need to do some activity to get rid of this restlessness under my skin.
Had i not read this blog before i wouldnt been knowing that theres bright light after 2 weeks. cheers

Day 1 5mg feeling dizzy and out of it...tired but not able to relax. Not sure if I should be taking this in the morning or at night but was not expecting such a small dose to have side effects so fast. This blog is great, it's nice to see how everyone else feels.

hi S.B and everyone esle.

Me too I was sooo sleepy on it and I never took antidepressants before. I lost a parent and ever since I had no support and been hard. So 3 years later I take an antidepressant. Anyways its like if I took it at night the next day Iwould be so tired too. I also felt di««y, falling over twice and bumping into the wall. I felt so happy the next day though. Could I be all better already, or am i weird. I mean it is 5 days after and I am still more happy.
Thanks for reading. I was gonna take it tonight but now just feel maybe not, even though doc said to stick with it but not every day. Maybe I should look into herbal pills and psychotherapy, what do you guys think. PLus I heard a lot of exercise helps as well as cod oil or fish oil. 90 mins of cardio a day.

Four weeks on Cipralex and things are looking up. I've been on numerous ADs over the years......sooner or later they all "poop out". We'll see what kind of mileage I get out of this one. I wish you all peace of mind.

Four weeks on Cipralex and things are looking up. I've been on numerous ADs over the years......sooner or later they all "poop out". We'll see what kind of mileage I get out of this one. I wish you all peace of mind.

A whole year! Way to go. I've been on cipralex for nearly 9 months now and I feel SO much better. I plan to take cipralex for the next few years, if not forever. Have you made other changes in your life to help with your depression...diet, exercise, relationships. Thanks!

Hi,

Yes I take fish oil but have up on exercise as it is just too hot and feel so lethargic. You?


Bye 4 now.

gave up*

I do not take pill as was advised not to.

To A year on Cipralex, how many mg did you take?

I'm so glad to hear you 'found your happy.' I've been on Cipralex for about 3 months now and lately I've just started feeling more balanced. I wouldn't say I'm happy just yet, but I'm getting there. I just feel better. Can't wait for the happy day!

Hi Elizabeth, I have been on cipralex for 4 months now and have had some progress. However, I do not feel the full change but am getting closer. I was on 10 mg, is that what your on? and did you doctor say it can take upto 6 month to a year to feel a full change?

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After trying numerous antidepressants years back and having bizarre reactions and becoming a walking zombie I was prescribed "Cipralex" 3 weeks ago tomorrow. I started with only 1'4 of a tablet as I was apprehensive but beside a bit of an odd smell when going to the bathroom they are amazing.

After only 1'4 pill the first day about 4 hours after I toll it I found myself laughing for the first time in years and now feel calmer, and much more focused with more drive. A month ago I could barely read a paragraph without losing my concentration or re=reading it over and over,now I WANT to read and read. I feel so much more in control,them again I have been experiencing depression for about 20 years and yes you can talk yourself out of it BUT it will NOT go away and often gets worse.

It DESTROYED my last relationship with my girlfriend who I though I would marry.I became indifferent, took her for granted, didn't shower much,looked scruffy,became a recluse,took no interest in her or her friends, went to be at 6am in the morning ,became distant and band tempered.

I cannot endorse these things more 'Cipralex' are state of the art and you do NOT feel weird or spaced out. I feel SO much like my old self,in fact trying hard to improve myself in many ares now an hoping to meet me ex in a few months to apologize,my dream obviously being that perhaps we could form a bond and eventually try one more time.......

People honestly you have nothing to lose except wasting time procrastinating like I did ,try these pills ,they are making a huge difference for me so far.

Good Luck to all thanks much for reading P

After trying numerous antidepressants years back and having bizarre reactions and becoming a walking zombie I was prescribed "Cipralex" 3 weeks ago tomorrow. I started with only 1/4 of a tablet as I was apprehensive but beside a bit of an odd smell when going to the bathroom they are amazing.

After only 1/4 pill the first day about 4 hours after I took it I found myself laughing for the first time in years and now feel calmer, and much more focused with more drive. A month ago I could barely read a paragraph without losing my concentration or re-reading it over and over,now I WANT to read and read. I feel so much more in control,then again I have been experiencing depression for about 20 years and yes you can talk yourself out of it BUT it will NOT go away and often gets worse.It will ruin your life be aware it is very serious depression,it creeps up slowly until people pull away from you.

It DESTROYED my last relationship with my girlfriend who I thought I would marry. I became indifferent, took her for granted, didn't shower much,looked scruffy,became a recluse,took no interest in her or her friends, went to bed at 6am in the morning ,became distant and bad tempered.

I cannot endorse these things more 'Cipralex' are state of the art and you do NOT feel weird or spaced out. I feel SO much like my old self,in fact trying hard to improve myself in many areas now and hoping to meet her in a few months to apologize,my dream obviously being that perhaps we could form a bond and eventually try one more time.......

People honestly you have nothing to lose except wasting time procrastinating like I did ,try these pills they are making a huge difference for me so far.

Good Luck to all thanks much for reading

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